// Jawa Tengah

Central Java is the cultural heartland of Java island, being home to traditional arts and crafts such as batik, gamelan and wayang kulit. The area is well-connected by railway, with many trains from all major destinations in Java calling at Semarang, Solo and Yogyakarta. Each of these cities also has an airport with daily flights from elsewhere in the archipelago.

The province contains Ribus with some of the best viewpoints in Indonesia and hiking is comparatively popular here, especially with Indonesian students. Merbabu, Merapi, Sumbing, Sindoro and Slamet are among the finest hikes in Indonesia. Dieng (Prau) offers a pleasant ridge walk with great views of higher neighbouring mountains. Muria is not well-known outside the local area but is a lovely place to witness sunrise. Both Ungaran and Telomoyo are outlying peaks from the Merbabu massif and moderately interesting in their own right.

A Selection of Photos of Central Java’s Ribus

Merbabu (unknown photographer, 1910, courtesy TropenMuseum)Merbabu (unknown photographer, 1910, courtesy TropenMuseum)
Merbabu (unknown photographer, 1910, courtesy TropenMuseum)
A blocky lava dome fills the summit crater of Gunung Sumbing volcano. This view from the south shows the breached NE crater rim, through which a lava flow descended. The upper light-colored area on the left is a small pond, and the lower is a fumarolic area.</p>
<p>Photo published in Taverne, 1926 "Vulkaanstudien op Java," (courtesy of Volcanological Survey of Indonesia).A blocky lava dome fills the summit crater of Gunung Sumbing volcano. This view from the south shows the breached NE crater rim, through which a lava flow descended. The upper light-colored area on the left is a small pond, and the lower is a fumarolic area.

Photo published in Taverne, 1926 "Vulkaanstudien op Java," (courtesy of Volcanological Survey of Indonesia).

A blocky lava dome fills the summit crater of Gunung Sumbing volcano. This view from the south shows the breached NE crater rim, through which a lava flow descended. The upper light-colored area on the left is a small pond, and the lower is a fumarolic area.

Photo published in Taverne, 1926 "Vulkaanstudien op Java," (courtesy of Volcanological Survey of Indonesia).

Looking back up at Merapi's summit cone (Daniel Quinn, October 2011)Looking back up at Merapi’s summit cone (Daniel Quinn, October 2011)
Looking back up at Merapi’s summit cone (Daniel Quinn, October 2011)
Stone statue at the top of Gunung Muria (Daniel Quinn, June 2010)Stone statue at the top of Gunung Muria (Daniel Quinn, June 2010)
Stone statue at the top of Gunung Muria (Daniel Quinn, June 2010)

Map of Central Java’s Ribus

 

Download these peaks as a kml file.

Statistics and Links to Central Java’s Ribus

Name Elevation Prominence Ribu Category Island Bagging Info
Slamet 3,428 m 3,284 m Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Java Yes
Sumbing 3,371 m 2,628 m Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Java Yes
Sindoro 3,150 m 1,761 m Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Java Yes
Merbabu 3,145 m 2,432 m Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Java Yes
Merapi 2,930 m 1,356 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Java Yes
Dieng (Prau) 2,600m 938 m Google MarkerSpesial Java Yes
Ungaran 2,050 m 1,320 m Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Java Yes
Telomoyo 1,894m 617 m Google MarkerSpesial Java Yes
Muria 1,602 m 1,594 m Google MarkerKurang Tinggi Java Yes
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